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9:10 PM ET, November 27, 2006

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Michelle Malkin:
The media fog of war  —  ***4:30pm Eastern update: when it rains, it pours...here's a third must-read from milblogger John Noonan raising questions about AP stringer Bassem Mroue.  One of the top stories over the Thanksgiving holiday came from the Associated (with terrorists) Press …
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Jeff Goldstein / protein wisdom:
Willful Suspension of Disbelief, redux  —  From Curt at Flopping Aces comes the news many of us quietly expected: Centcom has confirmed that Capt. Jamil Hussein, the primary source for the recent kerosene mosque murder reports—and for a whole host of reports of Shia massacres recounted by the AP …
SeeDubya / JunkYardBlog:
Does AP Iraqi writer Qais al-Bashir have super powers?
Discussion: Flopping Aces
Thomas M. DeFrank / NY Daily News:
W library in record book  —  $500M center would be priciest for a Prez  —  DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU CHIEF  —  WASHINGTON - He may be a certified lame duck now, but President Bush and his truest believers are about to launch their final campaign - an eye-popping, half-billion-dollar drive for the Bush presidential library.
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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
In Need of New Moves, but in Which Direction?  —  President Bush leaves for Europe on Monday uncertain of the Washington he will return to, or even his place in it.  —  Certainly the pressure is on for Mr. Bush to right a presidency mired in low poll ratings, beset by an unpopular war …
Karen Tumulty / Time:   The Scariest Guy in Town
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
The media's sudden intense interest in the House Intelligence Committee  —  The New Republic's Michael Crowley last night noticed something about Jane Harman that has evaded most Beltway commentators, including those who have suddenly developed such a bizarre and uncharacteristic interest …
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The New Republic:
Click Here to Subscribe Today … 1-  —  Crowley on staff before the war?  —  I believe Crowley has been at TNR for a decade or so.  I read that he was hired by Mike Kelly to be a fact checker in 1996, but he must have been promoted immediately — otherwise he would have been a fact checker during …
The Blotter:
U.S. Embassy Asks Bush Twins to Leave Country  —  Joe Goldman and Rhonda Schwartz Report:  —  Amid a growing barrage of front-page headlines, U.S. embassy officials "strongly suggested" President Bush's twin daughters, Jenna and Barbara Bush, cut short their trip to Buenos Aires because of security issues …
Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
A Day When Mahdi Army Showed Its Other Side  —  Militia Seen as Heroic In Aiding Bomb Victims  —  In the chaos, Ayad al-Fartoosi thrived.  —  Against a backdrop of death and panic in Sadr City last Thursday, he strode confidently through streets littered with burning cars and charred bodies.
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Sameer N. Yacoub / Associated Press:   Attack Sparks Fire at Iraq Oil Facility
Haaretz:
Erekat: Despite violation, truce can and must hold  —  By Haaretz Service and News Agencies  —  Palestinian lawmaker Saeb Erekat on Monday condemned a Qassam rocket strike on Israel from Gaza earlier in the day, but said that the day-old cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians "can work, and I believe we have to make it work."
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Aljazeera:   Olmert offers prisoner swaps
Times of London:
Traces of radioactive poison are found in Russian exile's office  —  Detectives investigating the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko found traces of a radioactive poison at the offices of the billionaire and fellow exile Boris Berezovsky last night.  —  Police sealed off the Mayfair office …
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SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Barney Frank to Chris Wallace: "You have an odd view of balance"  —  Following President Clinton's lead, Barney Frank criticized Chris Wallace yesterday of having an "odd view of balance" after asking questions about pressure from liberal activists, tax increases on the rich, abortion …
Discussion: Associated Press and Ezra Klein
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Louis Uchitelle / New York Times:
Lure of Great Wealth Affects Career Choices  —  A decade into the practice of medicine, still striving to become "a well regarded physician-scientist," Robert H. Glassman concluded that he was not making enough money.  So he answered an ad in the New England Journal of Medicine from a business consulting firm hiring doctors.
Sebastian Mallaby / Washington Post:
A Fix for Social Security?  —  How Personal Accounts Could Please Both Sides  —  The next six months could be a productive time for economic policy.  After a wasted 2005-06 cycle, in which the Bush administration approached entitlement reform too confidently and Democrats refused to talk, both sides may return to the table.
Pam Belluck / New York Times:
A G.O.P. Breed Loses Its Place in New England  —  It was a species as endemic to New England as craggy seascapes and creamy clam chowder: the moderate Yankee Republican.  —  Dignified in demeanor, independent in ideology and frequently blue in blood, they were politicians in the mold …
CNN:
CNN RELIABLE SOURCES  —  Interview With Bob Woodward  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  HOWARD KURTZ, HOST (voice over): "State of Denial."  The best- selling author who says the Bush administration has bungled the war talks …
David Paul Kuhn / Washington Post:
The Gospel According to Jim Wallis  —  For Democrats to win back the White House, they may well have to rely on the power of the Almighty.  And it's not Bill Clinton.  —  JIM WALLIS IS PREACHING ABOUT A BIBLE TORN APART.  Wallis tells the crowd at the Seattle Pacific University chapel …
Ken Auletta / New Yorker:
MAD AS HELL  —  Regular viewers of "Lou Dobbs Tonight," on CNN, might be surprised at the venue that Dobbs chose for lunch not long ago: the Grill Room of the Four Seasons, a midtown bastion of the very same political and business "élites" that he denounces daily on his television program.
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Romenesko
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
NBC Declares 'Civil War' In Iraq, McCaffrey: WH Rejection of Term 'Nonsense'  —  My antenna went up when Matt Lauer opened this morning's "Today" with these words: "Good morning.  Civil war.  A bloody weekend of sectarian clashes in Iraq and no sign it's letting up."  —  "Civil war"?
Discussion: Hot Air and Obsidian Wings
Sfarber / the talking dog:
TD Blog Interview with Michael Berube  —  Michael Berube writes the very popular eponymous blog of that name, teaches English (holding a chair as Paterno Family Professor of Literature at the Pennsylvania State University), is the author of "What's Liberal About the Liberal Arts?" …
 
 
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Associated Press:
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